Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Christmas Planner for You and a Friend

For the past five years, I have depended on my trusty spiral notebook to get me through the holidays and all of our special occasions. This notebook holds the menu plans, shopping lists, party decorations, guest lists, and gift-giving ideas of the past five years. I love it and I live by it, but I am one of those super-organized Type A personalities.  I actually enjoy making spreadsheets and filling in my planner.  That's why I was so excited to review Jill's new Christmas Countdown Planner.  This planner takes the work out of organizing the holidays for those who don't dream of creating their own spreadsheets.

In her 52-page planner, Jill gives you everything you'll need to create a Christmas binder that will take you through the Christmas season.  She includes dividers and charts for menu-planning, budgeting, recording Christmas cards, and Daily Planners.  She also includes cleaning charts, inventory lists, stocking stuffer lists, and (one of my personal favorites) a section to record favorite traditions and devotionals.  I love how Jill gets everything organized while still keeping the focus on the true meaning of the season.

The only thing I would add to the Master Gift list is a column to check off once a present has been wrapped - a super easy fix! 

The Christmas Countdown Planner is currently on sale for $3.99 and includes bonus pages for the 2014 Christmas season.

To celebrate Jill's new book, we're offering a Christmas Planner for one lucky reader and their friend.  You can enter below to get yourself started to a stress-free Christmas - and help one of your friends while you're at it!  You can also check out our 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas!

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  2. My favorite Christmas tradition is hanging the advent calender ornaments!

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  3. I love decorating the tree. Most of our ornaments bring back a memory which makes it more fun.

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  4. One of my favorite traditions is making gingerbread cookies...I love the way the smell fills the house. :) yummmmm

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  5. We like buying or making an ornament for the children each year.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  6. Decorating the tree with my mom and always putting the dog ornaments on first!

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  7. So many!!
    Spending it with my extending family is the best one!

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  8. Going to a tree farm and picking out our real tree. Then we chop it down, bring it home, and decorate! :)

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  9. Going to Koziar's Christmas village :)

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  10. We host a family Christmas party at our house so this planner would be great for that!

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  11. I always enjoy going to church on Christmas Eve. The decorations and the music are so beautiful!

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  12. My favorite tradition is sleeping over at my brother's house so all the families can open up presents tofether on Christmas morning
    timothy J 228 At gmail DOT com

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  13. Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus :)

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  14. staying at my moms the night before with all my siblings and my kids.

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  15. We have a cookie exchange with our friends! This is still a new-ish thing for us, so it changes a lot from year to year.

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  16. The last present our children open is always a new Christmas or Disney movie and we put it on while we are picking up wrapping paper, taking toys out of packages, and just relaxing after opening our presents :) It's something my parents did with my brothers and I when we were children and it's something that I love to do with our children as well!

    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

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  17. I love having a big breakfast on Christmas morning, and taking it easy for the whole day. :)

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  18. I love having family, friends and loved ones around.

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  19. My favorite Christmas Traditions are all about food! LOL. We have homemade Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning, and Enchiladas for dinner! YUM!

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  20. We go to a parade in our town at night with Santa at the end. One of the locals dresses up like Barbie and drives a pink muscle car in the parade. My daughters love her!

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  21. We just started elf on the shelf last year and can't wait to do it again!

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  22. I love baking gingerbread cookies at christmas.

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  23. We do Joshua tree!!! I love the special time with my girls and showing the CHRISTmas is way more than gifts under a tree

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  24. We like to open our sibling gifts on Christmas Eve.

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  25. We always open a pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve and then read a story.

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  26. I love doing an advent calendar

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  27. Decorating the tree and making Christmas cookies.

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  28. My favorite is decorating the tree together as a family.

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  29. My favorite tradition has always been and probably will always be decorating the tree. I loved it as a child, and now I love decorating it with my children. Someday I hope there will be grandchildren with me decorating our tree. I hope that they love it as much as I do and carry on the tradition with their own offspring.

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  30. My favorite tradition is putting the ornaments on the tree together as a family. All of the ornaments have meaning and memories attached to them and always triggers a story from who ever is hanging it.
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    Samantha
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  31. I love new pjs on Christmas eve! Such a fun tradition that I will pass on to my kids.

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  32. Matching PJs on Christmas, decorating the tree, driving around to look at Christmas lights, watching Die Hard on Christmas Eve and Babes in Toyland on Christmas morning.

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  33. I love hanging the Christmas Tree Lights and watching Home Alone.

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  34. Our favorite is decorating the christmas tree

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  35. I have the angel that was on top of my tree growing up. We don't always use it - but I always take a picture of my daughter putting the angel on top of the tree when we cut it down! I love her giggles as daddy lifts her up!

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  36. I have the angel that was on top of my tree growing up. We don't always use it - but I always take a picture of my daughter putting the angel on top of the tree when we cut it down! I love her giggles as daddy lifts her up!

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  37. Baking Santa's cookies with the kids then leaving them out on Christmas Eve. My daughter loves seeing if Santa ate any in the morning!

    Holly Storm-Burge
    hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

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  38. we always go to my grandmas on Christmas eve night to exchange presents with the family and eat all kinds of party foods

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  39. we go to midnight mass and then to Dennys for breakfast

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  40. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is getting all the females in the family together to bake cookies.

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  41. We always sprinkle "reindeer food" on the front lawn on Christmas Eve (oatmeal with glitter in it).

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